Dramatic discourse approached from a conversational analysis perspective: Catherine Hayes's Skirmishes and other contemporary plays

Piazza, Roberta (1999) Dramatic discourse approached from a conversational analysis perspective: Catherine Hayes's Skirmishes and other contemporary plays. Journal of Pragmatics, 31 (8). pp. 1001-1023. ISSN 0378-2166

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Abstract

This study deals with the staged or dramatic discourse of modern theatre. In particular, it looks at the mechanisms for conversational repairs in four plays by C. Hayes, M. Norman, S. Shepard and H. Pinter. These mechanims were coded for each play, using categories developed for the study of natural conversation (e.g., whether they were self-initiated or other-initiated and self-performed or other-performed). The repair framework was expanded beyond purely formal linguistic terms so as to be sensitive to all signals of repair behaviour. From a pragmatic perspective then, this study viewed any utterance as eligible to function as trigger of a repair. The four plays showed different use of repair mechanisms as a reflection of the playwright's assumptions about real-life discourse and a preference for repairs of one type rather than another as a means of suggesting the diverse relationships between the characters in the play.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Depositing User: Roberta Piazza
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:11
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2012 08:23
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24558
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